Tuesday, July 18, 2006


The Vegas summer league is in the books, everyone is writing articles, calling in to radio shows, and just generally swooning over Brandon Roy. Well, allow me to roll the 7 when everyone has money out there on the numbers on the craps table. Keep this in mind:

18.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks, all Vegas league selection.

Those were the numbers last year for Travis Outlaw, who had everyone going crazy soon after. There were numerous national articles written about his ensuing 2006 breakout year, including fantasy hoops columns that had him as a quality sleeper. How long did it take him to be waived by the teams that drafted him in the late rounds? 2 weeks? 3? These were Brandon Roy's numbers in the Vegas summer league:

19.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks, all Vegas league selection.

As far as I can tell, this is what we know from the summer leagues around the country. Brandon Roy is a very solid all around player, does everything well. Adam Morrison can get hot and light up the scoreboards. LaMarcus Aldridge is a project because he's not quite strong enough yet but does have a solid skill set on both ends of the floor. The Italian Guy isn't a total stiff, but he's got Token Euro 6th Man written all over him. Wow, those are some real shocking things to find out. In other news, I like alcohol.

The Blazers are going to be better this season, Brandon Roy is the starting 2 guard and could play some point if they need him to. We know this. He's going to be one of the front running candidates for rookie of the year due mostly to playing time and his NBA ready skills. We know this. So settle down people. If you want to see something that will surprise you in Vegas, there are a lot better places for that than the summer league.

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